Horizon Lines to Move Northeast Service to Philadelphia
New Service Between Philadelphia and San Juan to Commence on April 11th
CHARLOTTE, NC (March 6, 2013) – Horizon Lines, Inc. (OTCQB: HRZL), one of the nation's leading domestic ocean shipping companies, today announced it will move its northeast terminal operations to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from Elizabeth, New Jersey, effective April 11, 2013.
After an extensive review of options and a detailed evaluation of other ports connecting the northeast to Puerto Rico, Horizon Lines chose the Port of Philadelphia to better serve its customers and improve cost efficiencies.
“The Port of Philadelphia’s strategic location and terminal facilities are expected to produce a number of significant advantages for Horizon Lines customers in the Puerto Rico trade lane,” said Richard Rodriguez, Vice President and General Manager, Puerto Rico. “These include fastest transit times, quickest turn times, a comprehensive intermodal network, expedited inspections, and improved warehousing and transloading capabilities. We also project that the move will yield long-term cost efficiencies for our Puerto Rico operation.”
The first northbound sailing is expected to depart San Juan on April 7, 2013, arriving in Philadelphia on April 11, 2013. The first southbound sailing is expected to depart Philadelphia on April 11, 2013, arriving in San Juan on April 15, 2013.
Service schedules between Jacksonville, Florida, Houston, Texas and San Juan remain unchanged.
In association with the terminal relocation, the company expects to record a restructuring charge of approximately $6.0 million during the first half of 2013, primarily resulting from the estimated liability for withdrawal from the Port of Elizabeth’s multiemployer pension plan, as well as other costs to move to Philadelphia.
Horizon Lines will continue to operate the largest vessels in the trade, serving Puerto Rico from the three most geographically diverse U.S. ports with the most extensive intermodal network across North America.
About Horizon Lines
Horizon Lines, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading domestic ocean shipping companies and the only ocean cargo carrier serving all three noncontiguous domestic markets of Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico from the continental United States. The company maintains a fleet of 14 fully Jones Act qualified vessels and operates five port terminals in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. A trusted partner for many of the nation’s leading retailers, manufacturers and U.S. government agencies, Horizon Lines provides reliable transportation services that leverage its unique combination of ocean transportation and inland distribution capabilities to deliver goods that are vital to the prosperity of the markets it serves. The company is based in Charlotte, NC, and its stock trades on the over-the-counter market under the symbol HRZL.
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